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Vail Resorts profits up 34 percent Earnings report shows company has seen gains over last year across the board By Matt Minich Mountaineer Editor Deep snow and a new ski hill have put Vail Resorts well ahead of where it was this time last year, according to numbers released by the company yesterday. While the purchase of Northstar at Tahoe last October brought in a good deal of the cash, the resort has also profited from a historic snow year. Vail Mountain has now gotten more than twice the snowfall it did last year, which Vail Resorts Chief Operating Officer Chris Jarnot recently described as among the worst in the resort’s history. In the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, which includes the months of January, December and November, Vail

Resorts brought in $13.9 million more in income than it did in the same period last year, or 34.1 percent more. Revenues were up all across the board for the company. Boosts were seen not only in the sales of day and season passes, but in retail, restaurant and real estate sales. Counting revenues from Northstar, Vail Resorts saw a 22 percent increase in mountain revenue, or about $57.1 million. Even without the new resort, though, revenues on the mountain were up more than 10 percent. The company has sold more day and season passes this year than last, and has enrolled more people in ski school. Not including the skiers at Northstar, the company calculated that 8.7 percent



more skiers visited it’s resorts, and those skiers paid about 2.7 percent more per visit. The company’s mountains brought in more revenue that anything else, but other aspects of the business have also been doing well. The company announced millions more in hotel and restaurant revenues, and more than 25 times as much in real estate sales. Mostly because of the closing of several high-priced units in the Vail RitzCarlton, the company has made $25.1 million in real estate revenue over the last three months, compared to less than $1 million in the same period last year. The flow of cash didn’t stop at the end of January, either: the company an-

nounced that lift ticket revenues were up 7.5 percent through March 6, and skier visits were up 4.4 percent. These numbers were calculated without numbers from Northstar. More money has been coming in for the resort, but the business of running mountain resorts has also gotten more expensive. Operating costs were up for every aspect of the business. As was the case with revenues, some but not all of the increase could be attributed to Northstar. With the new resort, operating costs for Vail Resorts mountains increased more than 24 percent. Without, they were still up more than 11 percent. [See RESORT, page 11]

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More kids in poverty Kids Count report shows impact recession has on Colorado kids By Peter Marcus Denver Daily News The number of children living in poverty in Colorado rose by 31,000 between 2008 and 2009, according to the annual Kids Count report released yesterday. The report came on the same day Colorado’s unemployment rate reached a historic record high of 9.1 percent for January, climbing from 8.9 percent the month earlier. State officials are concerned by the rise, noting that the national unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 to 9 percent over the same period. Gov. John Hickenlooper, responding to a question after speaking at a news conference releasing the Kids Count report, said he is concerned and confused by the unemployment increase in Colorado. The governor said in his travels around the state, he has been talking with business owners who are looking to hire. “I don’t understand it well, and I’m not sure even the top economists understand it,” said Hickenlooper. “The number is there, obviously it came from somewhere, so we’re going to try and dig into and figure out where are we losing those jobs,” continued Hickenlooper. “We’re as perplexed as you are.” Meanwhile, by 2009, 340,000, or approximately 28 percent of Colorado children, were living in families where no parent had regular, full-time employment. The number represents 47,000 more children than the year before.

The 2011 Kids Count report is the first Kids Count report to fully take into consideration the recession, says the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the organization that released the report. “While economists proclaimed the end of the Great Recession more than a year ago, the end was nowhere in sight for many Colorado families, and especially for our children,” said Chris Watney, president and chief executive of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “Though economic indicators can change quickly, the impacts on lives are often much longer-term.” The news, however, wasn’t all bad for Colorado’s kids. Approximately 42,000 fewer Colorado kids were uninsured in 2009 compared to 2008. Also, the number of children attending full-day kindergarten in Colorado has increased 70 percent since 2007. The state graduation rate has also been declining, but still approximately 25 percent of students won’t graduate from high school in Colorado. Gov. Hickenlooper has proposed a budget that cuts an additional $332 million from K-12 education. The governor yesterday acknowledged the pains the cuts will have on kids in Colorado. “In the end, K-12 education was the only place that you have resources to cut,” said Hickenlooper. “That doesn’t mean that the moment that the economy comes back and we get additional resources that we won’t try to put it back into education.”

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Homestead hears open space proposal 160-acre purchase gets approval from homeowners By Matt Minich Mountaineer Editor The county’s newest open space prospect has the support of many residents of Homestead, the Edwards subdivision that borders the land. More than 50 residents turned out last night for a presentation about the 160-acre parcel, which the county plans to purchase for $3.25 million from the county’s designated open space fund. The money comes from a $22 million pool filled by a voter-approved open space tax, and cannot be spent on anything but open space purchases. The presentation was given by Dan Gorec, Bob Warner and Kara Heide of the Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon. Runyon owns property in the area and is generally considered the architect of the land deal. Presenters showed a map of not only the 160-acre parcel, but a series of other areas they hope will be preserved by the deal. Runyon and members of the land trust said they hope the purchase will lead the Homestead subdivision to take out a conservation easement


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By Brian Alexander Mountaineer Staff Writer After joining country music star Joe Nichols on stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards and appearing in the final episode of “Law and Order,” Vail skier Lindsey Vonn is making another appearance on the big screen. An exclusive documentary about the life of Olympic and World Champion alpine skier will debut Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on EPIX cable network. “Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment,” features the latest high definition digital photography to bring viewers intimately inside the life of one of the greatest athletes in the world. “There are a lot of things in this film that most people wouldn’t normally see,” said Vonn, who was training at the women’s U.S. Ski Team European training base in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. “It’s my daily life. We’re in the gym at the Center of Excellence, on the hill, eating breakfast – it’s an in depth view of my life and how hard I work to be a top level athlete.” With 41 World Cup victories, the 26-year-old Vonn is just one shy of tying Swedish great Anja Paerson for fourth on the women’s all-time victory list and has aspirations of competing beyond the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She is the only American woman to have won the Olympic downhill title. Last weekend Vonn secured three of her career 12 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup titles over a period of 72 hours. She currently stands just 96 points shy of Germany’s Maria Riesch in the overall standings and will race a pair of technical races March 11-12 in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic prior to the World Cup Finals. Vonn has won the overall World Cup title the last three consecutive seasons. “We began filming this in the summer time, so it takes you through my preparation period for the World Cup season and then brings you full circle into the craziness that is the World Cup life,” said Vonn. “It’s one

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SSCV Japan watch, day 2 5 local skiers take week-long journey across the Pacific By Brian Alexander Mountaineer Staff Writer The adventures of Delaney Patterson, Genevieve Soden, Quin Davis, Victor Guilmineau and Zeke Pierce continued in Japan yesterday. Here’s a recap of the groups second day on their trip to the 12th annual Japan Cup. After arriving to a fresh dump of snow in Naeba and resting for eight hours, the crew wasted no daylight, getting up at the crack of dawn. The only thing holding them back from the slopes was a Godzilla-sized buffet: scrambled eggs, toast, croissants, coffee, yogurt and cereal for the more American portion of the breakfast, to pickles, miso soup, tamago, rice, green tea and more for the traditional Japanese cuisine. The new snow called their names, as they made the first trip up the mountain as high as they could go in the morning. “The snow texture is something between what you may find in Vail and what you may find in Whistler,” said SSCV’s Nigel Cooper. “Fluffy but damp.” After ripping up runs on that section until noon, the crew went higher up the hill, as the snow that was dragging the chairs earlier was cleared and the upper chair was opened. “We managed two sweet runs on some uncharted steep terrain of about 300 vertical feet including one between the saplings and then headed back down the road led by Zeke, Quin and Victor cutting corners all the way down. At one point I forgot I had 30 years on the kids and followed suit,” said Cooper. “A small compression in the shortcuts proved too much for my DIN 6 setting and I launched head and shoulder deep into the groomed road. “My head is fine, my ribs are killing me – but it only hurts when I speak, laugh, sneeze, move and ski. Should be good for the rest of the week.” said Cooper Headed to lunch after the morning runs, the kids were surprised with the menu. After a breakfast filled

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with anything and everything, the skiers were stunned by the ramen, udon, ton katsu and spaghetti lineup offered for lunch. Not your typical menu for kids from the States. Back to the slopes after lunch they went, to take some runs on the race hill and on the Ski X course. Mini competitions between the SSCV members had ticket inspectors, instructors and guests high-fiving as they looked on. After leaving the hill, the group went to culture themselves. “We ended up in a Cafe/Under Armour store that is owned by the Japanese Slalom star Kentaro Minegawa and his Olympic champion wife Aiko Uemera (Moguls). On the way back we ran into Maaco Kashiwagi who raced for Japan in late ‘60s and early ‘70s on both the World Cup and also the World Pro Tour,” said [See SSCV, page 11]

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Consisting of singer/songwriter/guitarists from Georgia and a rhythm section from Texas, Dyrty Byrds call Colorado their nest. This group of musicians came together in 2009 when Outformation band leader Sam Holt relocated to the Denver area from Atlanta. Started as a pick up bar band, the group quickly created a buzz across Colorado after only a few shows. Drawing from its southern roots, Dyrty Byrds play Original Southern Rock & Roll with a Rocky Mountain Attitude. Show begins at 10 p.m. at Sandbar in West Vail.

Jersey Shore Boys and Steve Meyer at The Club, Vail Village With only four shows left at The Club, Steve Meyer brings you an après ski show that is not suited for the entire family, rather for people who like to party – a show that encourages a healthy amount of drinking, raunchy jokes and good times. Steve Meyer, at The Club in Vail Village, offers that alternative. Then, the acoustic rock/pop duo of Ted Hammock and Matt Fisher is influenced by G. Love, Dispatch, Sublime and Jack Johnson. “I love the gauntlet of human emotion and the feelings that people experience.” Music starts around 10 p.m.

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Vail local DJ Mo:Rockin gets the party going tonight at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. His unique style of high-energy, multi-genre performance offers something exciting and familiar all at once, leading to enthusiastic crowds wherever he performs. Coming off a weekend of performances at the Snow Ball Festival and after parties, Rockin’s tables will be rippin’ Paddy’s up tonight.

Kathleen Madigan at VPAC tonight, Beaver Creek

The Vilar Performing Arts Center brings the comedy of Kathleen Madigan to its stage tonight. In addition to performing in theaters, festivals and on talk shows, Madigan, dubbed by Jay Leno as “one of the funniest female comics,” has been tapped for her comedic point of view by Dr. Phil as a special correspondent for The Dr. Phil Show with reports on various topics. The American Comedy Award winner for “Best Female Comedian” she’s performed around the world at comedy festivals and in theaters. Her goal is to make as much money as possible and move to Ireland, the only place Guinness tastes right and perhaps, purchase some sheep. Tickets are $35 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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The dining hall at Roundup River Ranch is designedto fit the needs of kids in wheelchairs and with medical equipment. Roundup River Ranch photo.

around the ranch, starting even before it was a camp,” said Emily Washburne St Ruth, the camper recruiter. “Now campers have the opportunity to do everything right in their own state.” In terms of traditional camp activities, almost nothing is left out. The full-time staff has developed nine program areas, from archery and fly-fishing to canoeing and horseback riding, each designed for children as young as seven. The idea is to provide a camp experience on par with what kids would expect, but with all the required medical safeguards. “We do everything we can to be sure their disease, illness, or condition is forgotten,” St Ruth explains. This level of care moves beyond camp activities: Such minute details as building dining tables large enough to fit multiple wheelchairs have been taken into account. On the volunteer side, Roundup River Ranch is like many non-profits: Anyone and everyone is invited. Between 20 and 30 volunteers are on-site for each of the four sessions. They are expected to set aside a day for training and a full week for camp. By keeping volun[See RANCH, page 11]


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Ski SunSmart launches today in Vail UV radiation jumps 5 percent every 1,000 feet By Brian Alexander Mountaineer Staff Writer Winter sports and skin cancer have become all too familiar acquaintances. That’s why the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation is launching its national Ski SunSmart program today in Vail, with the plan of expanding to other resorts throughout the country next season. “We felt Vail is the perfect place and CarniVail the perfect event for the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation to launch our national awareness program because it speaks to a crowd of outdoor enthusiasts in a worldclass resort and fun environment,” said Teri Festa, President of the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation. “We are very grateful to Vail Resorts, and Highline Sports and Entertainment for partnering with us to promote the use of sunscreen while participating in outdoor sports. It is very important that we make this a normal part of everyone’s pre-slope routine.” The program is to promote sunscreen usage as part of skiers’ and snowboarders’ mountain fun, with volunteers giving away 50,000 tubes of sunscreen. “We work with a variety of manufacturers who generously donate product to help us educate everyone on the importance of applying sunscreen and applying it properly,” Festa said. The program’s goal is to make the application and reapplication of sunscreen a normal routine for skiers and snowboarders. “It’s great they’re handing out sunscreen,” Dr. Jean Urquhart of Vail Dermatology said. “They’re getting the word out.” Vail Dermatology is in the process of developing a “High Altitude Skin Care Guide,” to assist people on how to protect themselves from increased UV rays. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with over two million people diagnosed each

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year. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25-29 and the second most common form of cancer for young people ages 15-29 years-old. Up to 90 percent of the visible changes in your skin commonly attributed to aging are caused by unprotected sun exposure. “While it takes 25 minutes to sunburn in New York, it can take as little as six minutes at 11,000 feet in Vail,” said Dr. Karen Nern of Vail Dermatology. “You can sunburn even when it’s cloudy.” Those on the mountain face an increased risk of unprotected sun exposure because not only do 90 percent of the sun’s rays reflect off of the snow, but with every 1,000 feet of elevation the UV radiation intensity increases by 5 percent. “Most experienced winter sports enthusiasts know they need to use sunscreen to protect themselves from UV radiation, which can lead to skin cancer,” Festa said. “It’s important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF with broad spectrum ingredients,” Dr. Urquhart said. “Reapply every two hours also.” The RFMF will be handing out sunscreen at the base of Vista Bahn in the Vail Village and at the Lionshead Gondola from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. The RFMF needs local volunteers to distribute free sunscreen on Vail mountain and around the town. For more information, call 201-563-5404. The mission of the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation is to educate on the importance of early detection and the prevention of melanoma. Much of this work is being done by aligning with sports leagues, teams and athletes. Ray Festa died of melanoma in 1992 at the young age of 53. He was diagnosed too late. His family took their unfortunate story and, along with others, formed the Foundation to both honor his memory and help save others from his regrettable fate.

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Cooper. “He jumped out of his tractor to greet us and reminded me that he skied many times in Vail for Pro racing in the ‘70s.” Returning back to the hotel for study break, the hosts from Goldwin presented the group gifts featuring new track suits and other souvenirs. At dinner the SSCV members would return the favor, handing out the gifts they had brought for the hosts. Shabu Shabu was the dinner for the kids, after the hosts asked for a selection of dishes they’d like to have. Unfortunately for the group, when they sat down they were greeted by some chef’s


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Frustrated House Democrats blamed Republicans yesterday for killing their “job-creating” bills while House Republicans applauded a bipartisan atmosphere at the Capitol. The bickering was not unusual for mid-session accounts. With House Democrats in the minority this year, it was expected that they would point to frustrations. Standing beside charts and graphs yesterday in the west foyer of the Capitol, House Minority Leader Sal Pace (D-Pueblo) immediately dug into his Republican colleagues. “Republicans are introducing bills that would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in money that we don’t have in arbitrary cuts to vital programs, tax credits and exemptions and giveaways,” said Pace. Pace said Republican proposals would cost the state $600 million. “Despite Republican shenanigans and slippery math, we’ll keep fighting to balance the budget the right way,” said Pace, arguing that Democrats have introduced twice as many jobs bills as Republicans have Ń a total of 22. At a media availability with House Speaker Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch) following the Democrats’ mid-session presentation, the usually boisterous and partisan McNulty was sounding more like a moderate.

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Buckwheat Zydeco wraps up CarniVail The World Famous Buckwheat Zydeco wraps up CarniVail with a free performance tonight at Solaris in the Vail Village. Presented by Grand Marnier, the 7 p.m. concert is the highlight of the Street Party Solaris, which goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Born November 14, 1947, in Louisiana, Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural was destined for a life in music. His braided hair as a youngster is how he acquired the nickname “Buckwheat,” paying homage and comparisons to the Our Gang character. By the age of 4 Dural was already touted as a piano prodigy. Exposed to traditional zydeco as a child, he preferred R&B, and by the mid-’50s was playing professionally. In the early ‘70s, Dural founded the 16-piece funk band Buckwheat and the Hitchhikers. For the first half of the decade, Dural and the Hitchhikers would stay together, until he finally fell under zydeco’s spell and was recruited to back up his future mentor Clifton Chenier on tour. Originally brought in as an organist, Dural picked up the accordion within two years and began learning from Chenier. This is the beginning of Buckwheat Zydeco, contemporary zydeco’s most popular performer. In 1986, Buckwheat Zydeco landed the first ever major label deal for a zydeco act, when they signed with Island Records. Since the original signing, Buckwheat Zydeco has gone on to make records under many different music labels. But no matter what label is producing the music, Buckwheat Zydeco’s music always infuses his propulsive party music with strains of rock and R&B, his urbanized sound – complete with touches of synthesizer and trumpet – married traditional and contemporary zydeco with uncommon flair, in the process reaching a wider mainstream audience than any

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Buckwheat Zydeco, a legendary musician from Louisiana, plays a free concert at Solaris tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Buckwheat’s unique Cajun sound is an ideal way to close out the festival, which began with a parade earlier in the week for Fat Tuesday.

artist before him. After 30 years of performing, Buckwheat Zydeco won a Grammy Award for “Lay Your Burden Down” in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category in 2010. The band had been nominated five previous times in three different categories, winning for the first time last year. “I’m thrilled the album won the Grammy,” Dural said. “We really appreciate it. Thanks to all of our fans who have been so supportive over the years. Now come out and see us next time we’re in your town.”

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Afghan forces to take limited control

Afghan forces will soon replace NATO-led troops in charge of security at six sites across Afghanistan - the first step in a transition that Afghan President Hamid Karzai hopes will leave his troops in control across the nation by the end of 2014.

GM CFO to go April 1

The chief financial officer who guided General Motors Co. to its first profitable year since 2004 and led its successful return to the stock market is leaving after being passed over for the top job. Chris Liddell will step down on April 1 after just 15 months at GM. The former CFO at Microsoft Corp.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won a decisive victroy yesterday, when lawmakers decided to strip government workers of wage-bargaining rights. The state has made headlines for violent protests. AP photo.

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Muslim hearings pack the room

Congress pushed deep into a raw and emotional debate Thursday over American Muslims who have committed terrorist attacks in the name of religion, in a hearing punctuated by tearful testimony, angry recriminations and political theater. Republican Rep. Peter King, a New York congressman and the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he called the hearing because Muslim community leaders need to speak out more loudly against terrorism and work more closely with police and the FBI. Democrats wanted the hearing to focus on terror threats more broadly, including from white supremacists.

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The scandal almost destroyed his career and left his presidency permanently tainted. But 15 years on, Bill Clinton’s former intern Monica Lewinsky has not got married or had children because she is reportedly still in love with him and “always will be.” Miss Lewinsky, 37, has run a successful business, hosted a reality television show and moved overseas but has never found love, according to friends. “There will never be another man in my life that could make me as happy as he did,” the friend told the National Enquirer magazine.

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Leave the kryptonite at home on March 16 and bring your brilliant ideas to the Vilar Center on how to make our public schools better. The award winning documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” is playing (for free) at 6:30 pm, thanks to the Vail Valley Foundation. After the movie, Sandra Smyser, our public school’s superintendent will lead a panel discussion.

Claudia of Active Communication would like to remind you to stop by for all of the latest 4G phones. To show how friendly the dentist can be, Miss Kellerman and Mrs. Sprincz’s kindergarten classes from Eagle County Charter Academy took a field trip to Vail Dentistry. Dr. Jonathan Haerter taught the students about good dental hygiene and tooth care. Maybe now they can pass the fearlessness along to their parents.

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Montreal police started a criminal investigation yesterday into the on-ice hit by Boston’s Zdeno Chara that left the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty with a severe concussion and cracked vertebra. Police said they are acting on a request by Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions, Louis Dionne. After evidence is collected, it will be determined if there are grounds for prosecution, they said. But Pacioretty said he doesn’t want Chara prosecuted. “I sincerely appreciate all of the support that I have received since my injury,” he said in a statement. “I was disappointed that the NHL did not suspend Zdeno Chara. However, I have no desire for him to be prosecuted legally. I feel that the incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game. “I understand that this is not my decision. I have respect and admiration for the authorities in Quebec. I simply wanted to make my opinion clear.” Also yesterday, Air Canada told the NHL it’s considering withdrawing its sponsorship unless the league tightens rules to reduce potentially serious injuries. Commissioner Gary Bettman responded that his teams could retaliate by deciding to stop using Air Canada for charter flights, an important source of revenue for the airline.

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Colorado guard Andre Roberson (21) gets past Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen (0) to dunk the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 Men’s Basketball tournament yesterday in Kansas City. AP photo.

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The three officials cited for two errors in the final seconds of the St. John’s-Rutgers game have withdrawn from the rest of the Big East tournament. Veteran refs Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton missed two calls—a travel and stepping out of bounds—in the final 1.7 seconds of St. John’s 65-63 second-round victory Wednesday. The Big East acknowledged after the game the officials blew the calls. Yesterday, Commissioner John Marinatto said the three officials have “voluntarily withdrawn” in “the best interests of those involved.”

The latest allegations of belligerent behavior by Miguel Cabrera won’t change his status with the Detroit Tigers, general manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday. According to The Detroit Free Press, the manager of a Fort Pierce restaurant and an an off-duty fish and wildlife officer told police Cabrera smelled of alcohol, insinuated he had a gun in a shoulder bag and said, “I know all of you, and I will kill all of you and blow this place up.” This happened shortly before the slugger’s arrest Feb. 16 in Fort Pierce on suspicion of drunken driving. “There are new things that have come out,” Dombrowski said, “but it’s the same thing we’ve been dealing with (since) he came to camp, really. It’s no different from the club’s perspective.” Late in the 2009 season, police said Cabrera got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking, shortly before his team lost a key game. The Tigers then lost an AL Central tiebreaker to Minnesota. Dombrowski had to pick up Cabrera at the station after that incident. No charges were filed.

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When Colorado waltzed in and beat nationally ranked Kansas State two months ago, ending a nine-game losing streak to the Wildcats, Cory Higgins sounded a warning. “It’s a whole new Colorado,” the senior said. Indeed, it is. Higgins scored 28 points, Alec Burks added 24 and the Buffaloes made it three in a row over Kansas State yesterday, ousting the No. 19 Wildcats 87-75 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Kansas State had dominated Colorado for years. But now, for the first time in a series that began in 1933, the Buffaloes have beaten the Wildcats three times in one season. “We beat a great team three times,” Higgins said. “It can’t be a fluke all three times.”


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ATHLETIC STUFF Deadline day for NFL labor talks

Rhetoric rose while the clock ticked down in the NFL’s labor talks yesterday, with the league and players’ union trading back-and-forth barbs a day before the twice-extended collective bargaining agreement expires. With the two sides far apart on key economic issues, nine of the 10 members of the owners’ labor committee joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the office of the federal mediator overseeing the negotiations— but, the union complained, none of the owners met with any of the players on hand. Even though there were small-group talks between NFL and union representatives on the 15th day of mediation, no one gave any indication that progress was made. Indeed, the loudest words came in the evening, sparked by comments from league general counsel and lead negotiator Jeff Pash. “Things can come together quickly. Things can fall apart quickly,” Pash said when the NFL negotiating team left for the day. “I’ve said it many times: If both sides have an equal commitment to getting this deal done, it will get done. I don’t know if both sides have an equal commitment. … Obviously, we have the commitment.” When that was relayed to NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah, he responded with an email to The Associated Press that said: “Jeff Pash was part of an executive team that sold the networks a $4 billion ticket to a game they knew wouldn’t be played. The only thing they’ve been committed to is a lockout.” That is a reference to a court ruling last week, when the federal judge overseeing NFL labor matters sided with players in their case accusing owners of improperly negotiating TV deals to prepare for a work stoppage. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith then went back to the mediator’s office to respond to Pash’s statement himself. “We have been committed to this process. But for anyone to stand and turn to the American people and

say they question that?” Smith said. “Look, I understand that there’s probably some things Jeff Pash just has to say, but this is the truth: We know that as early as March of 2009 … the National Football League engaged in a strategy to get $4 billion of television money … even if the games weren’t played.”

Broncos’ Cox waives right to hearing

Details of sexual assault allegations against Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox will remain secret, for now. Cox attorney Harvey A. Steinberg waived his client’s right to a preliminary hearing, where investigators present evidence in court, after a judge ruled yesterday that it should be public. Steinberg argued that the public had no constitutional right to court proceedings leading up to trials. Steve Zansberg, an attorney representing The Associated Press, the Denver Post and The New York Times, disagreed, calling closing such a hearing in Colorado unprecedented and noted that a judge in a sexual assault case involving Kobe Bryant did not approve of a similar request. Charges were later dropped against Bryant. “There’s no reason in logic and in law to treat this case differently... merely because the defendant is a professional athlete,” Zansberg argued in court. Douglas County Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler ruled that Steinberg, prosecutors and Craig Silverman, an attorney representing the accuser, did not sufficiently make their case and ordered the hearing held in public. Cutler set the case for trial after Steinberg waived the preliminary hearing. Cox will be in court May 16 for a hearing where he’s expected to enter a plea. After yesterday’s hearing, Steinberg said he skipped the preliminary hearing because “it would have been sensationalized and it would have created a situation where I couldn’t get a fair jury.” Cox declined to comment after the hearing, saying only: “I’m controlling what I can control.”

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